2016-12-07 / Mideast

Netanyahu surpasses 2,793 consecutive days

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has broken David Ben- Gurion’s record as the prime minister who served the longest consecutive term in Israel’s history.

Netanyahu recently passed 2,791 days—or seven years and 234 days— besting Ben-Gurion’s 2,790-day record, according to the Israel Democracy Institute. Ben-Gurion was Israel’s first prime minister.

Netanyahu’s record includes three terms in office after he was reelected in 2009, 2013 and 2015. He previously served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999.

Netanyahu would need to serve another 970 days to break Ben- Gurion’s record of total time in office. He could potentially achieve that record if early elections are not called. The next elections are scheduled for Nov. 5, 2019, and Netanyahu would have to hang on to his office until mid-July of 2019. (JTA)

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